Arunachal Adventures XII – The challenge of the Globe – running the white waters of the Siang (also known as Tsangpo or Brahmaputra). Highest quality rafting down the Siang preceded by a road safari to Ziro, Daporijo and then Along. Riding some of the most formidable rapids and unique river running sections in the world. It doesn’t get more dynamic than this. Please also note this trip entails early registration
Note: (a) Sound previous rafting knowledge is essential for the full Route.
(b) A shorter 4 to 5 day rafting trip of easier rafting on the Siang is also offered.
If interested please ask for it when registering.

1. Intention. To enhance our adventure experiences through white water rafting down the turbulent, exciting and great Siang as it enters India and down almost to the plains where it becomes the mighty Brahmaputra. To also spend time with and study the the Apatinis, Hillmiris, Nishis and other tribes of the wonderland that is Arunachal Pradesh. To delight in nature’s grandeur and un-spoilt green and rocky glory. In fact to see a great and different eco system.

2. Duration. 18 grand days of the best of adventures in Arunachal Pradesh. Add three to four days for Delhi and visits to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, etc. This trip requires special preparations and so please register at least four to five months in advance. Restricted Area or Inner Line permits will be obtained by us as also mentioned in 8 (b) below.

3. Modes of Transportation. By road from Guwahati/Tezpur into the foothills upto Itanagar. Then a Road safari to Daporizo via Ziro, Along and Pangin and upstream to Tuting. Rafting down the Siang to Pasighat. Return by air to Delhi from Dibrugarh or move by road either Kaziranga or Namdapha National Parks then back to Delhi by air via Guwahati/Dibrugarh.

4. Best time. Main trip: Oct, Nov Feb to May. Shorter trip: Oct to May.

5. Age Profile. 18 years upwards, as per fitness.

6. Broad Itinerary.(Refer Map)

(a) Arrive at Delhi, received, halt over at hotel to rest and recoup. Sightseeing in Delhi and a one day outing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, etc. Flight to Guwahati. Move by road to Itanagar and night over.

(b) Sub-Part I. At Itanagar we spend two nights and a day absorbing a culture new to us and its history. The next day a road safari starts and we reach Ziro where we spend a day with the amazing Apatani tribals in their villages around Ziro. Then we take a day to move to Daporijo visiting many tribal villages on the way and there we spend a day seeing Daporijo and its people and also in preparing for the great rafting experience in the days ahead. (Total 6 days in Arunachal).

(c) Sub-Part II.The rising sun finds us on the road north, going upriver along the Siang and it is evening by the time we arrive at Tuting. Rest at Tuting and we catch up with our rafting equipment which has reached before us. Revision of rafting and preparing for our respective roles on the river keeps us occupied for the two days we spend at Tuting Finally the rafting starts and after an extremely exciting 8 days we will finally reach Pasighat. These days are spent on river running sections that are amongst the most unique and the most demanding in the world with rapids ranging from class III to V+ and short and long in length. There will be plenty of cruising moments too and we get a chance to interact with the tribals along the route in their villages and hamlets. Our halts while running this mighty river are at camp sites principally planned at Pango (before which we will run Class IV+ and the Class V monster Ningguing rapids on the day), Rikor (before which we will run four long Class IV+ rapids on this day, and cross Marmong gorge and many other amazing gorges), Bomdo (Class IV at Rikor and Zebra Rock Rapids before we reach Bomdo), Yinkeong/Aulubadi (before which halt we will run the Breakfast Rapid and many Class III to IV rapids on this day), Geku (before which we will run many class III rapids, a long Class IV and the famous Class V+ Karko killer on this day), Pangin (easier going, we have visited Pangin earlier before the trek started), a few rapids but mainly floats thereafter to Yembung/Rotung and finally Pasighat from where, after a night over we take the boat ferry to Dibrugarh, to catch the flight to Delhi thereafter. (Note: Visit to Kaziranga or Namdapha National Parks can be added as an addition on request and will entail adding at least another two to four days to the trip). (11 days). Note: An easier and shorter trip with rafting reduced to four or five days can be requested if so desired.

(d) A brief halt at Delhi and the flight back home is taken with plans for the next adventure trip in other parts of the very special Arunachal Pradesh, or elsewhere in India, already taking shape in the mind.

7. Accommodation and Cuisine.This will be a mix of hotels, rest houses/inspection bungalows, camps in tents, the odd home stay where viable. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements. Cuisine. Mainly Indian, with due care and regard to sensitivity to spices. Chinese or Tibetan fares are options.

8. Cost of Basic Itinerary above (Delhi airport back to Delhi airport).

(a) Our plans are all inclusive in India and based on a group of about 10 for the basic itinerary suggested above. This includes airport transfers, hotel and basic sightseeing costs at Delhi, Agra and at all halts in Arunachal Pradesh, domestic air fares within India, tips, accommodation (twin sharing), water and all meals. It also includes all costs of treks/rafts including costs of English speaking trek leaders, guides and rafting boat-masters, equipment, porters and ponies, entry fees at various places/parks, road transport in exclusive jeeps, government royalties, and the costs of any special clothing that you want us to arrange for the duration of the trip which can be indicated to us when registering. However international air-fares, airport taxes, visa charges, duty on any items and personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, tobacco, phone calls, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded.

(b) Registration.This trip is in the midst of the peak tourist season and in particular requires special preparations. Hence it is essential that Registration be done at least four to five months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid a clear two months prior to arrival.

9. Changes in the itinerary, if requested, can be worked out and costs evaluated separately. Or, any other specified itinerary can be developed to match your interests.